Tuesday, March 3, 2015

February Favorites

Favorite TV Shows

Real Housewives of Beverly Hills

Vanderpump Rules


1. Love Me Like You Do - Ellie Goulding
2. Nothin' On You (feat. Bruno Mars) - B. o. B.
3. Centuries - Fall Out Boy
4. Just Say Jesus - 7eventh Time Down
5. Lead Me to the Cross - Chris and Conrad
6. Black or White - Michael Jackson
7. Good to Be Alive - Jason Gray

Beauty Products

1. Fortune Cookie Wonderland Futterwacken Body Wash: I got this in my Fortune Cookie Soap Box for the Spring. The theme this season is Alice In Wonderland. This is described as smelling like, "Sun warmed lilies brightened with a splash of grapefruit and a breath of fresh air." I love the way this smells. It is very refreshing. I guess Futterwacken is the name of the dance the Mad Hatter does in the movie.

2. L'Oreal True Match Lumi Foundation in W1-2 Porcelain/Light: This foundation goes on my dry, winter skin better than the foundation I was using which was Revlon Colorstay Foundation for Normal/Dry Skin. It is more moisturizing.

3. Elf Mineral Face Primer in Tone Adjusting Green: I remember seeing this in someone's video, and I was very interested. It is supposed to be good for covering up red skin, but I didn't see it do anything like that. But it is a good primer. I like the way it feels on my skin.

4. Too Faced Semi-Sweet Chocolate Bar Palette: This is another palette I got at Christmas time. I really like neutrals, and I like the quality of these chocolate bar palettes. Some of the shadows are shimmery and some are matte. I have heard people say this isn't as good as the original chocolate bar palette, but I think it is. 

So those are my favorites of the month of February! I hope someone found this helpful in some way. If you want to you can leave a link to your blog with your favorites in the comment section. I hope you have a great month!

Friday, February 20, 2015

February Birchbox

This is February's Birchbox. I like the flourescent colors. It looks like there are talk bubbles on it. I think that has to do with this month's theme.

I like how Birchbox always has a card saying what the theme is and then on the other side is a description of everything included in the box. I wish the IPSY Bag did that. This is what the card says, "Calling all buddies, pals, partners-in-crime, and BFFs. February may be about a certain romance-focused holiday, but we're just as thrilled to celebrate those people who cheer us on, calm us down, and - most importantly - make us laugh so hard we cry. Here's to friendship, in all its incredible forms!" I like that they are thinking of more than Valentine's Day.

The Balm Cosmetics Read My Lips Lip Gloss in BAM! "Fortified with antioxidant-rich ginseng, this gloss imparts rich color and loads of shine. Sweep onto lips on its own, or layer over lipstick for a custom (and ultra shiny) hue." I like this rosy color. It seems opaque enough to be worn alone.

Paula's Choice Skin Perfecting 2% BHA Liquid Exfoliant: "This leave-on exfoliant wipes away impurities to reveal smooth, even-toned, glowing skin. Once or twice daily, apply to clean skin with a cotton ball or pad." This is a big sample! It has Salicylic Acid and is for all skin types. It says it reduces redness and builds collagen. It unclogs and diminishes enlarged pores. So it looks like you cleanse the skin, then put this on, and then moisturize. I am going to try it out to see how I like it.

Amika Nourishing Mask: "Paraben-free treatment that conditions and repairs with super fruit sea buckthorn berry. Smooth onto lengths and ends of damp hair. Leave 5-10 minutes before rinsing." I still have to try this out.

BeeKind Body Lotion: "Made with honey and organic chamomile, this yummy UK fave sinks in to restore skin. Massage generously into skin." It smells like lemon candy to me. It feels good on the skin. On the back it says, "The honey bee population is in crisis. A portion of the proceeds of this product supports honey bee and sustainable pollination research." I guess that's why it's called "BeeKind".

English Laundry Signature for Her: "Inspired by English gardens, this charmer balances floral and woodsy notes. Apply to pulse points and enjoy the sophisticated bouquet." I love the way this smells! 

I still need to try out a lot of these products. It is fun getting something in the mail.

Thursday, February 19, 2015

February IPSY Bag

I have been subscribed to IPSY in the past. I decided to subscribe again. It was probably after watching someone's Youtube video about it. It is like the Birchbox. It comes in the mail every month. It is only $10 every month. I was on the wait list for a time. I think this month's bag is very cute.

Eva-nye Up All Night Volumizing Spray: The bottle says, "For added volume and texture. Protects from heat styling. For all hair types." I have used this several times. I don't notice it doing much for my hair.

Luxie 504 Large Angled Brush: I was really happy to get this! I love the rose gold in the handle. This brush is so soft. It will make a nice blush brush.

Model CO Blush Cheek Powder in Peach Bellini: I think this is a pretty blush. It is peach with gold in it. It isn't shimmery. It reminds me of NARS Orgasm Blush.

Cargo Lip Gloss in Anguilla: It is a matte, light pink gloss. I haven't worn it yet, so I don't know if it will look good on me. It seems like it has a nice texture.

ME Eye Accent Pencil in Amethyst: This is a matte purple eye liner. It has a sharpener in the lid. I think this is a good quality eye liner. I haven't worn it yet, but I can tell from the swatch.

Sunday, February 15, 2015

Fortune Cookie Soap Box: Wonderland

For the Spring Soap Box the theme is Alice in Wonderland! *-* This box comes quarterly and it is $19.99 a quarter. Right now the box is sold out, but pretty soon the products will be available in the website. The box includes a sample of things that are in the Spring collection.

Futterwacken Body Wash: "Not here! Everyone's watching! Sun warmed lilies brightened with a splash of grapefruit and a breath of fresh air." Futterwacken is the dance the Mad Hatter does in the Alice in Wonderland movie. This smells so good! I can smell the grapefruit and lilies.

It's Only A Dream Whipped Cream: "Welcome to Wonderland, where playing cards come to life and everything is full of nonsense. Calming verbena, lemongrass, calla lily, and citrus blended with leafy greens, ylang-ylang, rosewood, and ozone; with hints of soft musk and roses." It smells like flowers to me. It is a body lotion.

There is always something in the box that goes with the theme or the season, so for the Spring there is a cute little butterfly.

Almost Alice Fortune Cookie Soap: "I'd rather be almost Alice than completely Bob - or Stan for that matter! Fresh green snap peas and juicy pears brighten this bouquet of seer pea flowers, and freesia, sprinkled with ripe berries." This smells like freshness to me.

Twisted Tea Party Bath Tea: "That sounds like my kind of party, as long as you're serving Long Islands! A light, refreshing, green tea with notes of sweet herbs, vanilla bean, cucumber, golden amber, and hints of neroli and geranium, stirred with a bright sprig of spearmint. Directions: Place tea bag directly in a warm bath." It smells like green tea. I have never had a bath tea before! Sounds interesting.

Eat Me Perfume Oil: "I dare you...but not really, your tummy would hurt. Scrumptious yellow cake with a fresh slathering of rich, creamy vanilla frosting, topped with fresh white pineapple slices and garnished with a sprig of blooming cilantro." This smells just like cake and vanilla frosting. It is so sweet! I love it.

We're All Mad Here - OCD: "...which truly explains a lot! Playful mint waters and natural levy green notes perform a masterful balancing act with musky rich cedarwood." OCD is the hand sanitizer. I need to keep this in my coat pocket. This smells like some kind of greenery. It smells fresh.

Who Are You? Incense Cones: "...what exactly are you smoking, vapor? A mysterious mixture of crisp, ripe, pear twisted with tart limes, vanilla orchid, and a dash of raw cane sugar. Directions: Place cone on a non-flammable surface, light tip and let burn for 10 seconds, then extinguish. OR Keep cones in muslin bag and use as a sachet. There are hundreds of ways to use a sachet - GTS! :)" I think I will keep this with my clothes. It smells like pears.

Off With Their Heads! Bath Bomb: "I just love my morning coffee and executions, don't you? Groves of Meyer lemons and succulent oranges mingle with a perfectly manicured garden of wild roses, violets, and star jasmine perfumed with romantic tones of bergamot and Egyptian musk." It smells like flowers to me. It looks like there are flower petals in it.

Saturday, January 31, 2015

January Favorites

My only beauty favorite for the month is the Too Faced Chocolate Bar Palette. I have heard people talk about this palette for a while, but I finally decided to buy it with some of my Christmas money. I love it! The quality of shadows is so good! There are shimmers and mattes. They are mostly neutrals, but there is a gold, maroon, purple, and pink. I've been wearing these shadows all month long.

Favorite Songs

1. Passion - My Heart Is Yours ft. Kristian Stanfill

2. Simon & Garfunkel - April Come She Will

3. Colbie Caillat - Try

4. Carrie Underwood - Something In the Water

What are your favorites of the month? Leave a comment below!

Saturday, January 17, 2015

Empties: Throw Away or Replace?

1. Downy Unstopables In-Wash Scent Booster in Shimmer: This makes my clothes smell so good! They are little pink beads. You fill up the cap and put it into the washing machine before you put your clothes in. I have repurchased this.

2. Whish Shave Cream: I got this from my Birchbox. It has a pleasant smell and works just as good as any other shaving gel I have tried. I wouldn't repurchase this because a full size is $20 compared to Skintimate which is only $2.99!

3. Rubbing Alcohol: I used this to make a cleaning solution for my brushes. I wouldn't necessarily get this same brand again. I would buy whichever one is the better deal.

4. Healthy Sexy Hair Soy Renewal Nourishing Styling Treatment: I put this on my hair when I got out of the shower to get rid of frizz. This worked just ok. I wouldn't repurchase this.

5. Herbal Essences Smooth Collection Conditioner: This smells like roses. The conditioner works just like you want a conditioner to work. It smooths out the hair and makes it shiny. I repurchased this, but I have found that I am getting tired of the smell. It has a very strong scent, which is pleasant if you want to smell roses. Even though this is a good product, I think the next time I get a shampoo and conditioner, I will find something with a different scent.

6. Tocca Simone Eau de Parfum: I think this smells really good. I just had a little one time use sample of this. I recommend it. This is what Sephora's website says the notes are: apple, watermelon, lemon, calypsone, frangipani, ylang-ylang, rose petals, freesia, creamy lactones, blonde woods, musk, amber, and nirvanolide. It smells fruity and florally, which is what I normally like from a perfume. Sephora says the style is "breezy, playful and sparkling." I could see that being true. I wouldn't buy this because I already have so many perfumes and samples I still need to use up.

7. Lush Snowman Shower Jelly: This is a jelly type substance that is supposed to be a soap for the body or hair. I didn't like it. It didn't lather, and I didn't feel clean. I don't like the jelly texture, other than it felt good to squish it as a stress reliever. I wouldn't get a jelly from Lush again.

8. Got2B Guardian Angel Heat Protect: I liked this when I first got it, and it did the job. But I kept hearing people talk about how much they liked the Tresemme Thermal Creations Heat Tamer Leave-In Spray. I got that, and I like it a lot better than Guardian Angel. It smells better, and it also gives my hair more volume. I wouldn't repurchase Guardian Angel.

9. Caudalie Vinosource Moisturizing Sorbet: I went to Sephora to find makeup to help with my oily skin problem, and the girl there said I might need to moisturize my face better at night. She gave me a sample of this, and she said that she uses it. It is really moisturizing. I liked the way it felt on my skin, and it smells nice. I ordered the full size. After using it awhile, I feel like I could find a face lotion at the drugstore that would work just as well. I won't be repurchasing this.

10. Mireness iCurl Secret Weapon 24 HR Mascara: I got this from my Birchbox. I think this does hold the curl in my lashes, but it doesn't give the volume I want. I will stick to Maybelline The Rocket Mascara. 

I hope you found this helpful! Have you made an empties blog post? If you have leave a comment with the link down below. I would like to see it!

January Birchbox

The card says, "Take our January 31-Day Challenge. birchbox.com/challenge (you can also enter daily to win amazing prizes!) We're speeding full force into 2015 with a vow to make the most of every minute-starting now! Flip the card to learn more about the samples that are going to help you start the year feeling and looking awesome."

1. MyChelle Dermaceuticals Advanced Argan Oil | Full-size, $14.50. "This hydrating argan and baobab oil blend combats signs of aging and smooths skin and hair. Massage a few drops onto face or body, or work through dry hair." I'm not used to using oil on my face, but I have heard that it is good for your skin. I'm afraid it will break me out. I have used argan oil on my hair before, but I don't really notice a difference. I will have to experiment with this.

2. Dr. Lipp Original Nipple Balm for Lips | Full-size, $14.50. "Originally made for nursing moms, this ultra hydrating balm is a makeup artist fave. Dab onto parched lips, cuticles, and elbows as needed." It feels very thick on the lips, like Vaseline.

3. TOCCA Crema da Mano - Cleopatra | Full-size, $10-$20. "Loaded with natural botanicals, this grapefruit and cucumber lotion absorbs in a flash. Rub generously into hands - and anywhere you need a moisture boost." This stuff smells so good, and feels so good on the hands! 

4. Coastal Scents Revealed Eye Shadow Palette | Full-size, $19.95. "Four complementary shades that can easily (and beautifully) take you from day to night. Sweep preferred hue over lids for day. Layer shadows for a more dramatic night look." I don't really like the quality of these shadows. I don't think I will ever use this.

5. Oribe Shampoo for Beautiful Color | Full-size, $39. "This ultra gentle cleanser protects and preserves color while repairing tired strands. In the shower, apply a small amount to roots and work into a lather. Rinse well." I had to use a lot of this to work into a lather. It cleaned my hair, but I didn't notice anything amazing about it.